Monday, November 30, 2015

Movie review: Frontline: hunting the nightmare bacteria

Investigating the rise of untreatable infections around the world, Frontline reporter David Hoffman engages with hospital administrators, health officials, and families.

David Hoffman (Correspondent), Sarah Childress (Reporter), Will Lyman (Narrator), Arun Rath, Emma Schwartz.

Frontline: Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria has correspondent David Hoffman investigating the disturbing resilience of bacteria and the rise of untreatable infections. Speaking with health officials, hospital administrators, and families we learn that antibiotic resistant bacteria are increasing dramatically throughout the world. Multiple causes of these Gram Negative bacteria are identified, as are indications that the problem will persist as long as we continue to use antibiotics as we do currently.

Rather than acting, those in this Frontline episode are not actors. That said, most interview and present well.

Camera work and backgrounds are good with nice addition of video from other sources and well done camera shots. Dialogue was good, and Hoffman asked some good questions, though there was some repetition. Sound was well done.

Frontline: Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria is a well done episode investigating the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria around the world, with focus on several particular cases as examples. Those with an interest in world health, antibiotics, or infectious diseases should find this one educational and interesting.

With some mild, potentially disturbing content for the youngest viewers, there is nothing else here to limit audience age or maturity.

Released: 2013
Reviewed: 1.13.15
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: TV Documentaries, TV Shows, Documentaries, Science & Nature TV, Science & Technology TV Documentaries

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